Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems such as hardware, software, and data from cyberthreats. The practice is used by individuals and enterprises to protect against unauthorized access to data centers and other computerized systems.
The defense industry has changed dynamically over the past decade. Threats from conventional insurgent activities are no longer the only concerns for the defense industry. Advancement in the field of information technology, up-gradation of existing weapons with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems along with the increasing volume of classified data gathered systems have necessitated the usage of reliable and enhanced cybersecurity solutions for the defense industry.
The current cybersecurity market encompasses a variety of solutions ranging from network security solutions to endpoint security, application security, content security, cloud security, and wireless security solutions. These solutions have the capability to perform individual tasks and can be integrated together to form a strong line of defense against sophisticated threats in a multi-layered fashion. The sophistication of cyber-attacks from worms and viruses to enhanced techniques such as zero-day attack, Dynamic Trojan Horse Network (DTHN) Internet worm, and Stealth Bot led the cybersecurity vendors to design upgraded security software and solutions such as the Integrating Basic Unified Threat Management systems, Security of Information Management (SIM) software solutions, network flow analysis, Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs), Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), whitelisting, and DDoS mitigation techniques.
The rising threat of cyber-attacks to critical infrastructures by organized criminal groups along with technological advancement in the cybersecurity market remains the key driver for the growth of cybersecurity solutions for the defense industry. The defense and homeland security agencies are expected to cover around 40% share of the global cybersecurity market in 2015. Growth in investments in military programs and allocation of resources for research and development of cybersecurity solutions for the battlefield communication systems is expected to remain the most upcoming trends in the cybersecurity market for the defense industry over the coming years.